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Donald F. Larson

Senior Economist

DONALD F. LARSON is a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group at the World Bank. He joined the Bank while pursuing a PH.D. in agricultural and resource economics at the University of Maryland, which he earned in 1995. Don also holds an M.A. in economics from Virginia Tech and a B.A. in economics from the College of William and Mary. Before coming to the Bank, Don worked for the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome. His research interests include rural development, resource management, and commodity risk management. With colleagues he has written or edited five books and has published in scholarly journals focused on development, resource management, and commodity risk management. He has worked with governments on policy issues in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Don was also part of a World Bank team that launched the first climate finance fund, the Prototype Carbon Fund, in 1999.

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Agricultural policies and trade paths in Turkey (English)

In 1959, shortly after the European Economic Community was founded under the 1957 Treaty of Rome, Turkey applied for Associate Membership in the then six-member common market. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7059 OCT 01, 2014

Larson, Donald F.; Martin, Will; Sahin, Sebnem; Tsigas, Marino

A conceptual model of incomplete markets and the consequences for technology adoption policies in Ethiopia (English)

In Africa, farmers have been reluctant to take up new varieties of staple crops developed to boost smallholder yields and rural incomes. Low fertilizer use is often mentioned as a proximate cause, but some believe the problem originates with incomplete input markets. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6681 OCT 01, 2013

Larson, Donald F.; Gurara, Daniel Zerfu

Blue water and the consequences of alternative food security policies in the Middle East and North Africa for water security (English)

In the Middle East and North Africa, food security and water security are tightly entwined. In particular, choices about the extent to which food security policies rely on trade rather than domestically produced staples have stark consequences for the regionapos;s limited water resources. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6464 MAY 01, 2013

Larson, Donald F.

The cost structure of the clean development mechanism (English)

This paper examines the cost of producing emission reduction credits under the Clean Development Mechanism. Using project-specific data, cost functions are estimated using alternative functional forms. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6262 NOV 01, 2012

Rahman, Shaikh M.; Larson, Donald F.; Dinar, Ariel

Should African rural development strategies depend on smallholder farms ? an exploration of the inverse productivity hypothesis (English)

In Africa, most development strategies include efforts to improve the productivity of staple crops grown on smallholder farms. An underlying premise is that small farms are productive in the African context and that smallholders do not forgo economies of scale -- a premise supported by the often observed phenomenon that staple cereal yields decline as the scale of production increases. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6190 SEP 01, 2012

Larson, Donald F.; Otsuka, Keijiro; Matsumoto, Tomoya; Kilic, Talip

Aligning climate change mitigation and agricultural policies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (English)

Greenhouse gas emissions are largely determined by how energy is created and used, and policies designed to encourage mitigation efforts reflect this reality. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6080 JUN 01, 2012

Larson, Donald F.; Dinar, Ariel; Blankespoor, Brian

Food security and storage in the Middle East and North Africa (English)

In times of highly volatile commodity markets, governments often try to protect their populations from rapidly-rising food prices, which can be particularly harsh for the poor. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6031 APR 01, 2012

Larson, Donald F.; Lampietti, Julian; Gouel, Christophe; Cafiero, Carlo; Roberts, John

The grain chain : food security and managing wheat imports in Arab countries (English)

Arab countries depend heavily on imported food, particularly wheat. Population growth, rising incomes, and climate change will only increase their dependency on wheat imports, thereby making Arab countries even more exposed to international market volatility. ... See More +

Brief 68184 DEC 01, 2011

Lampietti, Julian; Larson, Donald F.; Battat, Michelle; Erekat, Dana; De Hartog, Arnold

Agriculture and the clean development mechanism (English)

Many experts believe that low-cost mitigation opportunities in agriculture are abundant and comparable in scale to those found in the energy sector. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5621 APR 01, 2011

Larson, Donald F.; Dinar, Ariel; Frisbie, J. Aapris

Measures of fixed capital in agriculture (English)

Capital is a fundamental component of agricultural production, and the accumulation of capital is key to growth in agriculture and the process of development. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5472 NOV 01, 2010

Butzer, Rita; Mundlak, Yair; Larson, Donald F.

Can Africa replicate Asiaapos;s green revolution in rice ? (English)

Asiaapos;s green revolution in rice was transformational and improved the lives of millions of poor households. Rice has become an increasingly important part of African diets and imports of rice have grown. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5478 NOV 01, 2010

Larson, Donald F.; Otsuka, Keijiro; Kajisa, Kei; Estudillo, Jonna; Diagne, Aliou

Incomplete markets and fertilizer use : evidence from Ethiopia (English)

While the economic returns to using chemical fertilizer in Africa can be large, application rates are low. This study explores whether this is due to missing and imperfect markets. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5235 MAR 01, 2010

Zerfu, Daniel; Larson, Donald F.

Will the clean development mechanism mobilize anticipated levels of mitigation ? (English)

Under the Kyoto Protocol, developed countries can only tap mitigation opportunities in developing countries by investing in projects under the Clean Development Mechanism. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5239 MAR 01, 2010

Rahman, Shaikh M.; Dinar, Ariel; Larson, Donald F.

Resource management and the effects of trade on vulnerable places and people : lessons from six case studies (English)

Lessons from six case studies illustrate the complex relationships between international trade, vulnerable ecologies and the poor. The studies, taken from Africa, Asia and Latin America and conducted by local researchers, are set in places where the poor live in close proximity to ecologies that are important to global conservation efforts, and focus on the cascading consequences of trade policy for local livelihoods and environmental services. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5258 MAR 01, 2010

Larson, Donald F.; Nash, John

Substitution and technological change under carbon cap and trade : lessons from Europe (English)

The use of carbon-intense fuels by the power sector contributes significantly to the greenhouse gas emissions of most countries. For this reason, the sector is often key to initial efforts to regulate emissions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4957 JUN 01, 2009

Considine , Timothy J.; Larson, Donald F.

The performance of Bulgarian food markets during reform (English)

Food policy often depends on markets and markets depend on institutions. But how good do institutions have to be before reforms can be launched? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4876 MAR 01, 2009

Larson, Donald F.; Sarris, Alexander

Factors affecting levels of international cooperation in carbon abatement projects (English)

The Clean Development Mechanism, a provision of The Kyoto Protocol, allows countries that have pledged to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to gain credit toward their treaty obligations by investing in projects located in developing (host) countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4786 NOV 01, 2008

Dinar, Ariel; Mahfuzur, Shaikh; Larson, Donald; Ambrosi, Philippe

Carbon markets, institutions, policies, and research (English)

The scale of investment needed to slow greenhouse gas emissions is larger than governments can manage through transfers. Therefore, climate change policies rely heavily on markets and private capital. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4761 OCT 01, 2008

Larson, Donald F.; Ambrosi, Philippe; Dinar, Ariel; Rahman, Shaikh Mahfuzur; Entler, Rebecca

Heterogeneous technology and panel data : the case of the agricultural production function (English)

The paper presents empirical analysis of a panel of countries to estimate an agricultural production function using a measure of capital in agriculture absent from most studies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4536 FEB 01, 2008

Mundlak, Yair; Butzer, Rita; Larson, Donald F.

Mexico - Integration of the North American market for sensitive agricultural commodities : policy notes overview and sugar market - implications for Mexican producers and consumers (English)

This note is conceived in an environment where there was some fear that the final phase of opening under North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will create pressure on local producers of corn, beans and sugar. ... See More +

Working Paper 78516 DEC 01, 2007

Nash, Josh; Caballero, Jose Maria; Larson, Donald; Brandriss, Peter

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Agricultural policies and trade paths in Turkey (English)
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OCT 01, 2014 WPS7059 Policy Research Working Paper
A conceptual model of incomplete markets and the consequences for technology adoption policies in Ethiopia (English)
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OCT 01, 2013 WPS6681 Policy Research Working Paper
Blue water and the consequences of alternative food security policies in the Middle East and North Africa for water security (English)
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MAY 01, 2013 WPS6464 Policy Research Working Paper
The cost structure of the clean development mechanism (English)
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NOV 01, 2012 WPS6262 Policy Research Working Paper
Should African rural development strategies depend on smallholder farms ? an exploration of the inverse productivity hypothesis (English)
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SEP 01, 2012 WPS6190 Policy Research Working Paper
Aligning climate change mitigation and agricultural policies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (English)
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JUN 01, 2012 WPS6080 Policy Research Working Paper
Food security and storage in the Middle East and North Africa (English)
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APR 01, 2012 WPS6031 Policy Research Working Paper
The grain chain : food security and managing wheat imports in Arab countries (English)
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DEC 01, 2011 68184 Brief
Agriculture and the clean development mechanism (English)
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APR 01, 2011 WPS5621 Policy Research Working Paper
Measures of fixed capital in agriculture (English)
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NOV 01, 2010 WPS5472 Policy Research Working Paper
Can Africa replicate Asiaapos;s green revolution in rice ? (English)
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NOV 01, 2010 WPS5478 Policy Research Working Paper
Incomplete markets and fertilizer use : evidence from Ethiopia (English)
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MAR 01, 2010 WPS5235 Policy Research Working Paper
Will the clean development mechanism mobilize anticipated levels of mitigation ? (English)
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MAR 01, 2010 WPS5239 Policy Research Working Paper
Resource management and the effects of trade on vulnerable places and people : lessons from six case studies (English)
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MAR 01, 2010 WPS5258 Policy Research Working Paper
Substitution and technological change under carbon cap and trade : lessons from Europe (English)
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JUN 01, 2009 WPS4957 Policy Research Working Paper
The performance of Bulgarian food markets during reform (English)
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MAR 01, 2009 WPS4876 Policy Research Working Paper
Factors affecting levels of international cooperation in carbon abatement projects (English)
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NOV 01, 2008 WPS4786 Policy Research Working Paper
Carbon markets, institutions, policies, and research (English)
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OCT 01, 2008 WPS4761 Policy Research Working Paper
Heterogeneous technology and panel data : the case of the agricultural production function (English)
See More +
FEB 01, 2008 WPS4536 Policy Research Working Paper
Mexico - Integration of the North American market for sensitive agricultural commodities : policy notes overview and sugar market - implications for Mexican producers and consumers (English)
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DEC 01, 2007 78516 Working Paper